- Tying is defined as attaching one person or thing to another.
An example of tying is making a bow in your shoe laces to keep them on your feet.
- Present participle of tie.
Variant of tie
transitive verbtied, tying or tieing
- to fasten, attach, or bind together or to something else, as with string, cord, or rope made secure by knotting, etc.: to tie someone's hands, to tie a boat to a pier
- to draw together or join the parts, ends, or sides of by tightening and knotting laces, strings, etc.: to tie one's shoes
- to make by fastening together parts: to tie fishing flies
- to make (a knot or bow)
- to make a knot or bow in: to tie one's necktie
- to fasten, connect, join, or bind in any way: tied by common interests
- to confine; restrain; restrict
- to equal the score or achievement of, as in a contest
- to equal (a score, record, etc.)
- Informal to join in marriage
- Music to connect with a tie
Origin of tieMiddle English tien ; from Old English tigan, tegan; akin to teag, a rope: for Indo-European base see tow
- to be capable of being tied; make a tie
- to make an equal score or achievement, as in a contest
- a string, lace, cord, etc. used to tie things
- something that connects, binds, or joins; bond; link: a business tie, ties of affection
- something that confines, limits, or restricts: legal ties
- a beam, rod, etc. that holds together parts of a building and strengthens against stress
- ☆ any of the parallel crossbeams to which the rails of a railroad are fastened
- an equality of scores, votes, achievement, etc. in a contest
- a contest or match in which there is such an equality; draw; stalemate
- low shoes fastened with laces, as oxfords
- Music a curved line above or below two notes of the same pitch, indicating that the tone is to be held unbroken for the duration of their combined values
Origin of tieME tege, teige < OE teag, teah, a rope
- to bring into or have a connection
- to make or be consistent, harmonious, etc.
- to make (a rope or line) fast
- to close off passage through by tying with something
tie one on☆
- to tie firmly or securely
- to wrap up and tie with string, cord, etc.
- to moor (a ship or boat) to a dock
- ☆ to obstruct; hinder; stop
- to cause to be already in use, retained, committed, etc.